Toro Rosso’s Albon Not ‘Set Any Long-Term Goals’ Ahead Of Rookie F1 Season

by Aaron Gillard
Alexander Albon - Toro Rosso

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda unveiled the STR14 in an online launch, and both drivers Alexander Albon and Daniil Kvyat have faith that the Italian team have produced the best package together.

Toro Rosso will be powered by Honda for the second year in a row, with Honda now supplying engines to Toro Rosso’s sister team Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

The STR14 supports a similar design to their 2017 & 2018 cars. Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

The team will field a new line-up for 2019 with Daniil Kvyat returning to the team alongside rookie Alexander Albon.

Albon re-joins the Red Bull programme after being dropped from the system in 2012. But after an impressive second year in the FIA Formula 2 championship where he finished third overall, Albon was brought back in to replace Brendon Hartley.

Ahead of his rookie season, Albon says he hasn’t placed any long-term goals in F1 and will be taking his first season race by race.

“In general, the way I’ve gone about my career and my racing, is I never set any goals on anything,” said Albon.

Every year, it was just each race, take it step by step, focus and race in that session – whatever it would be, practice, qualifying, the race. Just take it as it is. If you start setting long-term goals, you just put unnecessary pressure on yourself.

I’m just focused on myself and let’s see how it all goes.” 

Kvyat will return to F1 after a year out of the sport, having raced between 2014 to 2017. The Russian started his career in Toro Rosso before earning a promotion to Red Bull for the 2015 season, where he outscored Daniel Ricciardo. But a troubled start to 2016 saw him demoted back to Toro Rosso, where he stuck until the end of 2017 where he was eventually dropped.

The Russian spent 2018 as Scuderia Ferrari‘s simulator driver, and was called by Toro Rosso to return to the team ahead of the 2019 season.

Kvyat has faith in the team that they can produce a package that will push them up the field and improve from their ninth place finish in the 2018 constructors’ championship.

“We don’t know exactly where we’re going to be. Like everyone else, we are working hard to put the best package together and the best thing I can do for myself is to work as hard as possible on myself and on my performance,” added Kvyat.

“I believe in the guys in the team. They know what they’re doing. Me and my engineering crew will do everything we can to squeeze the maximum out of the package we’re given by the team.

“I think we’re looking good and I feel that everyone is motivated and focused. I can see that, and it gives me confidence for the future.” 

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